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noun stock pronunciation in British English /stɒk/
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singularstock
pluralstocks
  1. 1
    [countable] an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it
    stock of: Keep a good stock of nutritious foods available.
    Their stocks of ammunition were running dangerously low.
    1. a.
      [countable] the total amount of something that is available for people to use
      Much of the city’s housing stock is of very poor quality.
      Time is vital if fish stocks are to recover.
    2. b.
      [singular] an amount of facts, stories etc that someone knows
      stock of: He had soon exhausted his stock of jokes.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the goods that are available to buy in a shop
    We’re having some new stock delivered this afternoon.
    in stock: Do you have any of these batteries in stock at the moment?
    out of stock (=not available now): I’m afraid that size is out of stock.
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually plural] business one of the equal parts into which the value of a company is divided
    He made a living buying and selling stocks and shares.
    Technology stocks fell sharply today.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a liquid made by boiling meat, bones, or vegetables and used for making soups and sauces
    Add half a pint of chicken stock.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] animals such as cows and pigs that are kept on a farm
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  6. 6
    [uncountable] the type of people that your family comes from
    He comes from Irish stock.
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  7. 8
    [uncountable] the degree to which someone is respected by other people
    The Prime Minister’s stock remains low with the electorate.

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